Installation Tips for Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplaces

By Marissa Gorlick , last updated November 19, 2011

Installing an outdoor wood burning fireplace is a great way to heat your home off the grid while conserving energy. Here we give you a few tips for creating a beautiful, powerful, and efficient outdoor wood burning fireplace that will keep your home toasty all winter long.

Benefits & Considerations

Most traditional wood burning fireplaces that are inside the home are incredibly inefficient pushing almost 85 percent of the heat generated out the chimney. An outdoor stove doesn’t take up space or leave smoke in your home. Indoor wood burning fireplaces can create an unhealthy amount of smoke that can be hard on your lungs and a danger for children. An outdoor wood burning stove protects you from these hazards; however they do produce more smoke than other methods and may not be appropriate in urban settings. When you build a separate structure as your heater you must find a way to transfer the heat to your home. This is done using water reservoir to heat the water which is pushed into a furnace blower in the home. The blower indirectly transfers some of the heat from the water into the air. Another line of water is routed to supply your showers and sinks. You can also set up multiple furnaces that are going to different buildings on the same lot.

Purchases

Keep energy efficiency in mind if you are searching for an outdoor stove. A stove that creates less smoke will help protect the environment as well as decrease the amount of fuel you need to burn in order to keep your living space warm. A small smoke stack will also keep your neighbors from complaining. You also want to spend a little extra money of a chimney that is contained inside of the wood burning fireplace. This reduces creosote deposits which deposits can increase your chances of creating a fire hazard. Choose a furnace that is top quality as this is the key mechanism in the heat transfer. The ThermoPEX System comes fully built and is easy to install with the right contractor. This unit sells for $5500 (financing available) and comes in many different color combinations. This unit has a 25 year limited warranty that includes corrosion guard to protect your investment.

Self Installation

Installation can be difficult if you want to create a new radiant heat system or integrate the stove into your preexisting heating system so it is best to talk to a contractor that can help you install it safely, however many individuals can build the system on their own if they have appropriate construction background. Those that choose to install their outdoor wood burning fireplace themselves are given the instruction manual which guides them through each step Supply outlets such as Authorized central Boilers have parts and supplies that can help you with this project as well as any future maintenance that you may have to do down the road. Don’t forget to consult your retailer for additional installation tips and instructions.

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